No doubt there are millions of reasons to travel. In case you are looking for one more, I built a little dictionary from A to Z why you should start planning your next holiday – or at least step out of the house.
A for Adventures
How many new experiences you will get just by lying on your couch? Not many, not even if another amazing reality television show would be just about to start. Travelling to a new place is always an adventure, and you don’t necessarily have to go too far from your living room to find one.
B for Beaches
Of course, sandy beaches are a great reason to travel, especially when living in a big city that you secretly call as a concrete jungle. A little relaxing holiday, or just a sunny afternoon at a nearby beach, will empty your mind of all worries.
C for Couchsurfing
Are you already familiar with Couchsurfing? If not, I can warmly recommend that you try it out! The biggest benefit of Couchsurfing is free accommodation. In addition, hosts are often happy to show their guests around. By staying at a local home you will learn things you can’t read from travel guides.
D for Dark hours
Have you ever noticed how different everything looks after dark? Sometimes you just have to stay up a little later to realize the dark beauty around you.
E for Events
There are endless number of events worth travelling for, like Christmas markets, festivals, rock concerts, medieval fairs, museum nights, sports events, carnivals and so much more. Just pick the most interesting one and go!
Did you know that you don’t always have to travel to Brazil for carnival celebration? Also Europe has its’ own carnivals, for example in Germany.
F for Friends
Not so long time ago I was writing about travelling for friends. That’s right! Friends are one of the best reasons ever to take a trip, like this round trip through Italy, Germany and Poland I took a couple years back, just for friends.
G for Ghosts
Ooh… are you scared? If not, maybe you should take part on a haunted pub tour or spend a night in a haunted hotel. That’s definitely a new kind of experience (unless your own house is haunted).
H for Hiking
Take a hike! To a nearby mountain or national park, for example. Enjoy the fresh air around you, you might even see wild animals like I did on my hike at Sierra Blanca in Spain.
I for Igloo hotel
Have you heard about the Igloo hotel we have here in Finland? Spending a night in an igloo is very likely something you can’t experience in your own country. You might also see the northern lights, which is another fantastic reason for you to travel to Finland.
J for Jealousy
Are you annoyed to see how your neighbour is again having a vacation in some cool destination? Do you often find yourself nestling at the corner of your couch and complaining about never experiencing anything as fancy as them? Pull yourself together, just book the damn trip! It’s your turn to give your neighbour something to be jealous for!
K for Kids
You’ve never taken your children, grandchildren or sister’s children on a holiday? Not even to a nearby animal garden or amusement park? Do it now, you might enjoy yourself!
L for Last minute deals
I just love the digital age we are living in! Why? Because the internet is full of websites listing the best last minute offers for travel. Nowadays you could even book a trip when sitting in a toilet, how amazing (or weird) is that? The best trips always happen without months of planning. The sooner the better! In addition, last minute trips are often super cheap, like this holiday in the Canary Islands we booked with my friend just two days prior to departure.
M for Museums
Do not say you’re not a museum person. I thought so too, until I spent a day as a tourist in my own home town and visited Rauma Maritime Museum earlier this year. Yep, you could travel the world for museums or just visit the nearest one you’ve never been to. You might get surprised!
N for Nature
Again, you don’t necessarily need to travel far to let your mind rest a bit and have a holiday kind of feeling. Just step out of the house and hit the nature. Weather it’s the nearby park, beach, forest, mountain or archipelago, enjoy the benefits of the nature around you. Want to stay a little longer? Pack your tent and do it!
O for Occupation
Working abroad can feel like a holiday sometimes, especially when doing it in Spain with a private office on a terrace like I did! Also check out these reasons why everyone should try living abroad at least once in their lives!
P for Picnics
Whether taking a trip near or far, a picnic is always a way to go. Who said eating out should be expensive? Grab a blanket, make some sandwiches and get a bottle of wine and spend a day in a park with friends enjoying a little picnic.
Q for Quality
Add a little quality in your life by travelling and gathering new experiences. As mentioned many times, quality doesn’t need to cost much. You can easily add a pinch of luxury even for a low budget holiday.
R for Restaurants
Don’t fancy the idea of picnic in a park? Then just find a nice little restaurant and explore the local flavours of your travel destination.
S for Sightseeing
Seeing new places is the main reason why people love travelling and there are plenty of different ways to do it. When visiting Copenhagen earlier this year we took a boat tour and we loved it!
T for Tan
Yep, sun is a very popular reason to travel, especially among us Finns (we don’t get that too much here in Finland). How to prove to your friends you’ve been on a super sunny holiday? After coming back home you can show off your beautiful tanned skin.
U for Understanding the Unknown
Nothing educates and broadens the mind like travelling. By travelling you will learn languages, about cultural differences, history, tolerance, adaptation and so much more. Just throw yourself into the unknown.
V for Views
When going for vacation or even taking that hike in the nearby nature, don’t forget your camera as you will want to capture the amazing views for life.
W for Weather
Is it too cold? Too hot? Too rainy? Too dry? Is the weather too unpredictable? How about booking a holiday in a destination where the weather is exactly as you like.
X for Xtreme Xperiences
You thought I wouldn’t figure out a reason to travel starting with the letter X? Well, you thought wrong! (Even though this could be considered as cheating a bit.) Trying a new extreme sport is always a good reason to get out of the house, whether it’s wakeboarding at the nearby beach or surfing from tree to tree in Germany.
Y for Youth
You’re young, so travel while you still can. Who knows, maybe in a few years time your life has changed so much you won’t be able to do that anymore. Young people often get to travel cheaper as well, for example by staying at youth hostels. Also InterRail tickets are a lot cheaper for youngsters. The older you get, the more you pay…
Z for Zero travels
What? Have you never ever stepped over the borders of your home country? Do it now before it’s too late!
How would you build your dictionary for reasons to travel? Don’t worry, you don’t have to make up the full list, just share a few examples of your best reasons to travel on the comment section below.
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